India: Alpha Design Technologies has signed a contract with Indian space agency, ISRO, to make navigation satellites for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
“The contract envisages assembling, integrating, testing and supplying two satellites for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to ISRO,” Chairman of Alpha, Colonel (Retd) H.S. Shankar told a news agency here.
ISRO has already placed a constellation of seven navigation satellites in the earth’s lower orbit with the first (IRNSS-1A) in July 2013 and the seventh (IRNSS-1G) in April this year to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region, extending up to a 1,500 km area.
The navigation system is used for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, integration with mobile phones, mapping, and geodetic data capture, visual and voice navigation for drivers and others.
“We will fabricate the two satellites with the help of ISRO at its satellite facility in the city, as they are a part of the constellation as spare spacecraft and bid for more satellites through a global tender that the space agency will float soon,” said Shankar.
The space agency will launch the Alpha made satellites on its rockets from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 90 km northeast of Chennai.